Polar bears are the main attraction at Assiniboine Park Zoo
Polar bears are the main attraction at Assiniboine Park Zoo Photo: Tourism Winnipeg

Love polar bears? Watch them in motion floating overhead

With the possible exception of seals, everybody loves polar bears. That's why polar bears are the main attraction at the sensational new Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

It has been a dream of mine to see polar bears in their natural environment. One of the best places to do this is in Churchill, Manitoba, which is a remote Canadian town that has the reputation of being the polar bear capital of the world.   

I've been to Canada more than half a dozen times but somehow I've never made it there at the right time (optimum viewing is in October and November).   I came pretty close a couple of months ago, when I visited the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg for for the first time.   

Watching these majestic mammals dive, swim and frolic above me through the exhibit's glass dome was absolutely mesmerising.   

I could hardly tear myself away from watching the polar bears suspended above me. I'm sure seeing polar bears in a zoo is nowhere near as memorable as seeing them in the wild.   

The set up at this zoo is impressive. The vast terrain also houses other wildlife, including muskox, wolves, moose and seals. The zoo is definitely a highlight of a visit to Winnipeg and you can also see other rare animals like red pandas and snow leopards, along with over 200 other species.  

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